It was a sunny winter’s day at Tamworth Rugby Park as Tamworth hosted their first home game for the season against the Rams from Walcha. Tamworth came into the game well prepped by head coach Craig Summers and made their intensions clear at kickoff, battering the Walcha line with some hard runs by Magpie forwards Alex Newmarch, Dom Sills and Matt Cuningham. Possession was all Tamworth for the first 15 minutes, resulting in two failed penalty attempts from fullback Patrick Strong.
Momentum ended there for the Magpies with Walcha’s flashy backline showing what they can do. A line out to the Rams on the Tamworth line saw Walcha’s Pat Keene slip through the Tamworth defense to draw first blood under the sticks. Possession was all Walcha after first points, however, it didn’t deter the Tamworth men holding the Rams to a 14 – 0 lead at the break after a herculean defensive effort on their own line that lasted close to 15 mins.
The Rams showed their dominance in the second half running in five tries in the first 20 minutes to secure the bonus point. Walcha showed the Tamworth faithful that they are contenders for the premiership, turning defense into attack on the back of Simon Newton who elected to run from his own 22 meter line, after Tamworth spilt the ball on the Walcha line. Newton was bright down just short of the halfway with options both sides. He opted for Keene who strolled over for his third.
Walcha walked away from the Nest with a 64 – 0 win and left Tamworth still chasing their first season win. Notable performances from Luke Klassen, Jimmy Bracken and Alex Newmarch.
Rugby Park was the venue for the reserve grade clash between Tamworth and Walcha, unfortunately Walcha were only able to field 13 players.
Walcha defended with great spirit and the Magpies were guilty of trying to score every time they had the ball but the eagerness led to errors.
Dylan Cross opened the scoring with a rip and roll then broke three tackle to score. He was in again when he backed up a good break by Isaac Woodbury.
Just before half time Rory Marshman split the defence for Nat Ellerton to touch down under the posts – again Adam Penman converted to make the score 21-0 at oranges.
Some fresh legs at half time had the Magpies firing with big Nick Lyons running strongly for two tries to open the half. Strong scrummaging and better ball control led to further tries to Matt Smith and Ben Roughley.
Tim McLean with a great show and go split the defence only for Blake Clout to spill the pass with the line open. The try of the match came next when from a quick throw in from Blake Hamilton went through 5 pairs of hands before Ben Roughley went over in the opposite corner for a superb team try.
Sam Rains finished the match when he handled twice in a long range try.
Adam Penman converted to give him 7 from 9 in a goal kicking clinic.
Final score 59 - 0
Best and Fairest 3 Ryan Hanrahan 2 Dylan Cross 1 Nick Lyon and Tim Mclean.